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Robert S. Ripski

December 30, 2021

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Robert S. Ripski

December 30, 2021


Robert S. Ripski, 86, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away at home on Thursday, December 30, 2021.


He was born in Kingston, the son of the late Stanley and Mary Rogas Ripski. Bob was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre, class of 1952, following high school, Bob was employed by the Atwater Co.  He proudly serviced with the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.  In 1965, he became a member of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. For over ten years, he had the downtown beat on South Main Street. Bob was named “the gentleman cop” in the local newspaper upon his retirement from the police force. He then worked at Melon Bank until his retirement in 1992.


Bob was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and American Legion Post 132, Wilkes-Barre.


Bob was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and was gifted with a trip to see them play at Fenway Park. Bob was then able to share in the joy of seeing his team finally win the world series. Bob was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to fish.


Surviving are his wife, Mary Stanaitis Ripski; sister Mary Brigido, Wilkes-Barre; niece, Lisa Mataloni and her husband, Joseph and their daughter, Jennifer; daughters, Rosemary Passantino and her husband, Glen, CA, Francine Passatino, NJ, Janice Yates and her husband, Richard, NJ, Joann Burnham and her husband Ted, MA; grandchildren Haley, Dylan, Dustin, Nicholas, Matt and his wife Karen; great-grandsons Tyler and Evan.


Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, due to the upsurge in Covid-19 cases.  A public celebration of Bob’s life will be scheduled at a later date.


Condolences may be sent by visiting Bob’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.